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Sustainable and Secure Smallholder Systems @scale

Project number



  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania


  • Nairobi (Kenya)


  • Agriculture
  • Coffee production

Project budget

€ 16,296,530 (FDOV contribution = € 5,555,800)


  • Hivos
  • Ecom
  • Sustainable Management Systems SMS
  • Kawacom Uganda Ltd
  • Tutunze Kahawa Ltd
  • Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP)

Project description

The goal of this PPP is to create opportunities for self reliance and economic growth for smallholder coffee framers in parts of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Currently, due to limited knowledge, limited land availability, climate change and lack of technology, the coffee production of smallholder coffee farmers is low and inefficient. Besides providing training and input materials to farmers, the project will promote and facilitate the use of Biodigesters in order to provide the farms with energy and better manure for the land. Hivos will be responsible for the overall project management in this PPP. Other partners include ECOM and SMS, Kawacom and Tutunze (all subsidiaries of Ecom) and KENFAP, a federation of Kenyan farmers. These partners will mostly be involved in the training, certification and other technical assistance. Ecom will also provide for a credit facillity for farmers in order to enable them to buy farming input materials and for buying a biodigester. A joint learning platform will be established together with Solidaridad, who has written a similar project proposal (FDOV12KE04). Both organisations have worked together on the project proposals in order to prevent overlap and will work together in the future in sharing accumulated knowledge and best practises.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is formal partner in this project.

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